Compilation of Real Madrid's playing style during Zinedine Zidane's first spell


Zinedine Zidane has astonishingly been reappointed as Real Madrid manager.

Despite bowing out of the very same job just ten months previously, Zidane decided to accept Florentino Perez's offer of a return and signed a three-year contract to boot.

Los Blancos have been on a downward spiral since the Frenchman's departure and neither Julen Lopetegui nor Santiago Solari have been able to revive the Bernabeu side.

With no Cristiano Ronaldo at his disposal, it certainly won't be easy for Zidane and he's going against the age-old advice about not coming back.

However, he remains upbeat about the challenge in the Spanish capital, and remarked in his press conference: “I am looking forward to this second project, with the president, the club and the fans.

Zidane returns to Real Madrid

"It is a great challenge, I know that, but I am really looking forward to it, to returning to coach.

"My heart tells me that I have rested for these months, and when Real Madrid president is calling, I want to return. Maybe after four months it would not have been like that, but now I really do.”

If there is any cause for optimism, though, it's the remarkable achievements of his first spell of the club, most notably decorated by those three Champions League wins.


Real Madrid's football under Zidane

There were times where Real struggled on the domestic stage, but Zidane's achievements can't be denied and the brand of football his team played is often underrated.

That's certainly the case when you look back at the footage of Real's style between 2015 and 2018, with a number of highlights video emerging after his initial departure.

And one particular compilation - originally compiled by 'rom7ooo' - illustrates that better than most, branding the football played under Zidane as 'beautiful.'

It's pretty hard to argue against that statement when you look at the footage - check it out here:

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Ok, so it might not compare to the passing seen under Pep Guardiola's old team, but it shows that Zidane never got the full credit he deserved for the philosophy he instilled.

There certainly hasn't been a similar level of creativity and freedom amongst this season's Real, with Vinicius Junior proving one of few players breaking the trend.

Will Zidane be able to replicate that style, however? That's the million-dollar question and in spite of Ronaldo's departure in the summer, you would like to think so. 

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The squad hasn't changed all that much and it's foreseeable that Zidane can reinvigorate Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who have looked shadows of themselves this season.

Regardless of the style of football, though, it seems the only way is up now that Zidane has returned. That's the theory, at least.

Do you think Zidane is the right man for Real Madrid? Have your say in the comments section below.

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